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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Himself (as Francis Coppola)
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Herself
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Himself - from 1938 radio broadcast (voice) (archive footage)
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Himself
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Himself
Tom Sternberg ...
Himself
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Himself
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Himself (as Fred Forrest)
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Himself (as Larry Fishburne)
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Herself (as Gia)
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Himself (as Roman)
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Herself (as Sofia)
Dean Tavoularis ...
Himself
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Himself
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Documents the sensational events surrounding the making of Apocalypse Now (1979)' and Francis Ford Coppola's struggle with nature, governments, actors, and self-doubt. Includes footage and sound secretly recorded by Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The magic and madness of making "Apocalypse Now"

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Documentary

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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6 December 1991 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Aux coeurs des ténèbres - l'apocalypse d'un metteur en scène  »

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$1,318,449 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fragments of Orson Welles' radio broadcast of "Hearts of Darkness" are used as a narrative device of the documentary. See more »

Goofs

In the end credits for musical listings under the Doors song The End, Elektra (Records) is misspelled (as "Electra.") See more »

Quotes

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Francis Ford Coppola: To me, the great hope is that now these little 8mm video recorders and stuff have come out, and some... just people who normally wouldn't make movies are going to be making them. And you know, suddenly, one day some little fat girl in Ohio is going to be the new Mozart, you know, and make a beautiful film with her little father's camera recorder. And for once, the so-called professionalism about movies will be destroyed, forever. And it will really become an art form. That's my ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

O Mimi, Tu Piu Non Torni
by Giacomo Puccini
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fascinating stuff
24 August 2002 | by (somewhere in england) – See all my reviews

Best documentary about the making of a film ever. This is fascinating stuff. Scary,funny,and always compelling, watching this you wonder how the film ever got finished. All the main actors contribute interviews for the film, (except Brando of course)and all are quite revealing. There's also contributions from George Lucas and John Milius. Some of Milius's anecdotes are highly amusing, and we get to hear excerpts from his original screenplay, a lot of which was never used, unfortunately. Some amazing footage shot by coppolla's wife include, Martin Sheen drunk and dangerous on set, Coppolla trying to get an obviously high Dennis Hopper to remember his lines, and poor Coppolla trying to shoot the ending with an uncooperative Brando selfishly wanting to do everything his way,and get paid millions for the privilege! If you are a fan of Apocalypse Now or even if you have an interest in cinema, this is a must see.


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